Robert has extensive experience in dealing with and resolving all types of IP, IT and technology related disputes across a wide variety of sectors with particular in depth expertise in luxury brands, food and drink, fashion, oil and gas technologies and pharmaceuticals. Robert has specialised full time in this area for over 12 years and is an accredited IP specialist by the Law Society of Scotland. He has represented clients in the Court of Session in a wide variety of often high profile and complex matters including patent infringement, validity and entitlement disputes, brand protection cases involving passing off actions for household brands as well as trade mark actions including counterfeit, pirated and parallel imported goods and copyright and design right disputes. He also deals with protecting trade secrets and confidential information as well as domain name disputes.
Where possible Robert works with clients to avoid disputes arising through the provision of strategic pre-emptive advice, but where that is not possible aims to resolve matters and achieve the desired commercial objectives as swiftly as possible not only through litigation but also using negotiation and mediation.
Robert is a member of many IP and IT related groups including ITMA, AIPPI, SCL and PTMG and is a member of the Law Society Technology Committee and board member of the Scottish Society for Computers and Law.